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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal tv-11 news at noon, in hd. >> good afternoon. a developing story in london. a hearing for james and rupert murdoch is suspended after a protester tries to attack rupert murdoch. it happened just moments ago. >> the questioning of rupert and james murdoch lives up to
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expectations. they were both pressed on what they knew and did not know about the wrongdoing going on inside news international and specifically "news of the world." both were contrite and apologized a lot. both apologized again and again for the wrongdoing, but both insisted that they had no idea that phone hacking went any further than the original 2005- 2007 investigation had revealed at the time. >> to say i was hands-off is wrong. i worked a 10 or 12 hour day. i cannot tell you the multitude of issues that i have to handle every day. >> james murdock says that the real picture of what was going on only became clear to him in late 2010 when a number of civil cases began to play out and court documents were released. rupert murdoch for his part also held his ground, admitting to
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being perhaps too trusting of the staff, too lax with his terms, but maintained that he was not responsible for the wrongdoing, others were, and they would be punished. rebecca brooks, the executive who resigned last week over the scandal, will be heard next. >> here at home, a cheating scandal shuts down the baltimore fire academy ems training program. the alleged cheating happened back on june 14th. it involved as many as 20 cadets who investigators believe were given confidential materials prior to taking their exams. >> a cheating scandal at the baltimore city fire academy that involve as many as 20 cadets has forced the suspension of the ems training program at that facility. >> this reflects on me, the fire department and the city.
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unfortunately, somebody decided to do something they should not, and we are all going to pay the price for that. >> state investigators believe the cheating took place june 14th. emergency medical services conducted a program based on a complaint filed at the agency. -- a probe based on a complaint filed at the agency. the students did possess materials about the cognitive skills learned in class. an internal investigation has been launched and is expected to be finished in two weeks. the chief put him on notice in writing. >> we need to know what you're going to do to address this? >> the training facility is temporarily closed and instructors have been reassigned to field duty. >> it is not our intent to get out of the business of teaching our folks emergency medicine, we have to do that, but we cannot
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be doing it the way we have been doing it. >> new at noon, police in and around the county -- in and around all county -- police are searching for a man who robbed three women before getting away in a dark blue sedan with washington, d.c. license plates. if you have any information, you should call police. police need your help identifying the man in this photo. he is wanted for the armed robbery of a store. if you know who this man is, call metro crime stoppers at lock up. >> the search is on -- baltimore
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police have a person in custody in connection to the shootings of two private security guards. the 32-year-old woman and 38- year-old man were shot thursday night after a confrontation near a town house complex. so far, no charges have been filed and the suspect's name has not been released. >> it may not be a bad idea to eat your lunch indoors today. it is only afternoon and we are already seeing the heat. current temperature is right now in the orange shading are in the a.d.'s, but is in the 90's but it isas -- 80's, in the 90's in the areas in red. there is a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. i will have that coming up in
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the forecast. >> if you have to go out in the sun, be sure you are hip to the latest sign safety tips. our interactive guide at will keep you safe. a proposal to cut the city's tax rate in half will get a hearing this evening. the councilman says the city's high property-tax rate is keeping potential residents out and squeezing existing ones dry. if approved by the council, this bill would allow voters to decide if their tax rate would be cut by 50%. it faces an uphill battle by many council members. there is also talk of rolling back the city's $0.20 bottle tax. businesses claim that it is costing them jobs and sales. a city council member says it is time to be repealed. >> if the pepsi plant cannot be competitive with other plants in
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the mid-atlantic area, this beverage tax has caused them to lose an edge and a portion of the plant was shut down. >> we are climbing our way out of the recession and the revenues from the bottle tax helped us. >> if the tax is repealed, there are no proposals yet on the floor as to how to replace the loss in future revenues. still ahead, the end of an era, a look from above as space gentle -- space shuttle atlantis heads home. and congress considers alternative budget plans as the august 2nd deadline moves closer. and we answer your plant and gardening questions. you can e-mail them to us at
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hi parents, it's going to be such a big school year. your kids will each take care of our class hamsters, lewis & clark. then i'll tell them the story of pluto, the sad little planet that was. i'll introduce them to some new friends, the fractions,
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and some cold blooded ones, the dinosaurs. [sfx: dinosaur growl] clark! anyway, here's what they'll need: markers, scissors, crayons, pencils, folders, juice boxes, pretzel sticks, glue sticks, tape that sticks, and glitter. so much glitter. school takes a lot. target has it all. your home and auto policies and save. don't worry, tiny people. flo is a gentle giant. bundle home and auto at >> the space shuttle atlantis is on its way back to earth, the last space shuttle to leave the international space station. atlantis is scheduled to land at kennedy space center in florida on thursday. the finger-pointing continues in washington. we are exactly two weeks away from the day the obama administration says america will
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not be able to pay its bills. but they are no closer to a deal to prevent default. >> republicans call their plan cut, cap and balance. cut spending, including medicare and social security, a cap what congress can spend, and vote on a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. all of this would allow america to borrow more. >> what we're trying to do is save the country. >> the house will vote on it today, but it will probably never pass the senate, where democrats are in charge. president obama has already promised he will veto it. >> the cannot let politics stand in the way of doing the right thing. >> he still wants to raise taxes on the rich and big countries. >> mitch mcconnell says, let president obama raise the debt ceiling himself with no cuts at all. >> it may be the only option we
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have if we want to see the debt limit raised at all. >> that plan could turn tea party years against their own leadership and force democrats to vote against their own president. with two weeks to go, senate majority leader harry reid says they will work overtime, on the weekends, whatever necessary to come up with the deal. >> still to come on 11 news at noon, a maryland hospital is once again number one. how the electronic advice is helping autistic children learn. >> and here is a quick look at the doppler. there are some clouds off to the west that could be the start of thunderstorms this afternoon. i will have details coming up in my full forecast. 92 of the airport, 93 at the harbor. the forecast is coming up.
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>> and we answer your plant and gardening questions. e-mail them to e-mail them to
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>> in today's medical alert, millions of people love using ipad, and it turns out they can be powerful tools in teaching kids with autism. >> one of the hottest new computing gadgets, the ipad, may hold the key to helping autistic children learn faster and make fewer mistakes. behavior analysts already have seen results. in just a couple of years that the device has been on the market. >> the ipad can provide immediate feedback. >> this doctor says the touch screen helps children who have a hard time using their hands. >> it removes the disconnect
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between the mouse and the computer screen. >> this family bought in ipad five months ago. mom and dad say they're autistic 7-year-old twin boys have made big improvements in class. >> sending it used to take them a minute to figure out they are now doing in a manner of seconds. >> they are perfecting their handwriting, identifying shapes, and even playing a musical instrument. >> knowing that the kids need to get comfortable with technology and seeing that they can do it with the ipad, it really gives encouragement for the future to them. >> he is helping to find new educational aps for students. he hopes others will also donate aps to help kids overcome the hurdles of autism. >> john hopkins hospital is once again at the top of its field. the u.s. news and world report
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ranking of the world's best hospitals rank hopkins' first in the field of neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry, rheumatology, and in your nose and throat. university of maryland medical center also placed among the top 50 in nine different specialties. >> now, your into whether -- your forecast. >> let's get another look at the doppler. as i said before, we have some clout in the west that have helped to temper some of the thames -- clouds in the west that have helped to temper some of the temperatures out there. not a lot of this is reaching the ground, but it is showing a trend. we're going to be more stable as we head into the afternoon. as we take a wider view of this radar, it helps to show what is happening in the atmosphere.
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it is a clear indication that we have this front in the northeast. it is in upstate new york, trying to make its way south. the showers have been out ahead of the friend. it looks like the pressure is where we have all the dry weather. it is 92 in western south dakota. 89 in kansas city. 91 in dallas. this is a large area where we have dangerous he waves continue -- continuing. the cold front is up to our north. the heat is weeding out toward the west. it looks like the heat is -- waiting out toward the west. it looks like the heat is going to dominate. temperatures will be posting near the triple digits by the end of the week. i want to talk about the tropics because they have been heating up a little bit. we have been talking about tropical storm brett.
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winds are sustained a 50 miles per hour. brett is slowly moving to the north/northeast at around 8 miles per hour. the cool front to the east should help kick brett out to sea. we may have some rough seas on the outer banks by wednesday. it looks like brett will not be affecting any land masses as it passes the north and west of bermuda. our forecast today, we wish we were on a boat. it is going to be pretty worn out there, a low 90's-mid-90's. there could be heavy winds as well. we might have an isolated thunderstorm as we get into the forecast tomorrow. here is a look at the seven-day.
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>> kerry is here to answer your plant and gardening questions. how are you? >> just wonderful. >> you brought some nice peppers? >> and some herbs. >> they are the only thing that survive in my backyard. >> this is rosemary. over here is sage. in the front we have a little bit of italian parsley. >> how about some questions? one of your e-mail the picture and said, i saw this plant on the eastern shore and fell in love with it. can you tell me what it is and if i can buy it anywhere? i bet you're going to say valley view farms. >> that variety really is pretty.
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you can move the outside this time of year. it loves the sun. >> i am glad you knew that one. here is another one. i planted a potato on a whim, and now i have six stocks growing out of a two gallon pot. should i moved them out? >> i guess you will be ok. it is sort of if the right now, because it is late in the summer to be doing that. next time, go ahead and cut a potato in half. plant is out separately, and then you have six separate pants. >> what is the best way to grow pansy's? whatever i try, they die. >> they are a cool weather plan. if you can wait until september, october, even november, they will be great. when the heat starts, they start
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whistling down. >> thank you so much. great to see you as always. if you have a plant or gardening question, you can always e-mail them to us at or go to our website. you can also send us your pictures and planned questions by mail. it is called basalt and it has nothing to do with taking a bath. it is feared to become the next big drug in maryland, and it is legal. using it has dangerous, sometimes deadly consequences. we spoke with a former addict. >> it made my heart raced 1,000 miles per hour. it kept me up night after night. i was treatable. i was angry. >> this twentysomething young man is describing the effects of
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a powerful drug he bought here in maryland called bath salts. it is perfectly legal. >> it was very easy to obtain. >> we had no trouble buying it at a store or on line. this drug is deadly. >> it is killing people. it is that dangerous, that bad. >> tonight at 11:00, how is it that this deadly drug is legal, and what is being done to change that here in maryland? >> coming at next, your maryland lottery midday pick-3 and pick-porn numbers. but first, a look at how -- pick-4 numbers. the first, a look at how wall street is performing at this hour.
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>> welcome back. now time for your maryland lottery midday numbers. >> the maryland lottery, let yourself play. >> your pick-three numbers for tuesday, july 19th are 1, 1, 3. that makes your pick-three numbers 1, 1, 3. enter your non-winning double play and amazing eight scratch jobs for a chance to win cash and prizes. your pick-4 numbers are 5, 5, 8,
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2. 5, 5, 8, 2. the maryland lottery, let yourself play. >> things continue to heat up outside. >> it is going to get pretty bad, especially late in the week. we really want to urge people to take caution, be cautious. drink plenty of water. make sure your air-conditioning is working. check on the elderly. today will be hot and humid with scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon, isolated storms tomorrow, and hot. >> thank you so much. thank you for joining us for 11 news at nan. have a great day.
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